What is the Board of Ethics?

Local Law No. 9 of 2018 established the Board of Ethics. The Board is comprised of 7 members: appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the Orange County Legislature. The Board is charged with the following major responsibilities:

  • to render advisory opinions to county officers and employees on ethics and conflicts of interest under New York State and Local Law No. 9 of 2018.
  • to receive and act on complaints/allegations from the general public, county officers or employees;
  • to review all annual Financial Disclosure forms; and
  • to administer the provisions of Local Law No. 9 of 2018.

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1. What is the Board of Ethics?
2. What are the requirements to be a board member?
3. Who are the current members of the Board?
4. Are the Board meetings open to the public?
5. Who can report a violation of the Ethics and Disclosure Local Law?
6. How do I report a violation or inquiry to the Board of Ethics?
7. Will my inquiry/report of violation be kept confidential?
8. What is a gift or “financial benefit”?
9. What is confidential information and can county employees and officers disclose such information?
10. What is a conflict of interest?
11. May County employees and officers seek or accept private employment?
12. What do I do if I am not sure if working a part time job creates a conflict or impairs the proper discharge of my official duties?
13. Are there restrictions on future employment?
14. Are there any exceptions to this rule?
15. What are the penalties for violating the Ethics and Disclosure Local Law Ethics?
16. Who must file a Financial Disclosure Statement?
17. Where can I find a Financial Disclosure Statement form?
18. When do I need to file?
19. Where do I send my Financial Disclosure Statement?
20. Will there be any training?
21. Is my Financial Disclosure Statement subject to the Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL)?